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Playworks Recess Lab

With more than 20 years of experience working with elementary schools, Playworks launched Recess lab to support principals, teachers and other school staff to rediscover the power of play. Schools with a healthy culture of play see fewer fights, fewer injuries, and fewer trips to the principal’s office – and students come back to class ready to learn. Recess Lab is a collection of free online resources designed to address common areas of concern on the playground and throughout the school day including strategies for making the most of transition times, simple tools for conflict resolution, tips for building positive peer-peer and adult-student relationships, and systems for reducing chaos on the playground.

It can be tough to know the impact your play space has on your school’s culture and students’ experience throughout the school day. And while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. One of Playworks’ most popular tools to-date is the Recess Checkup, a short 3-5 minute online quiz designed to help educators identify strengths and surface areas for improvement on their playground. The Recess Checkup explores three indicators of safe and healthy play including safety, engagement, and empowerment and provides tailored resources to address areas of improvement that are surfaced during the assessment.

We encourage you to go to the National Character Education advocacy website for additional resources and information.

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